It’s not everyday that a player let go during cuts has anything nice to say about his former employer.
In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite.
But recently-released Redskins defensive end Phillip Daniels has nothing but praise for Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, and set the record straight in Twitterverse.
Unfortunately, some of the tweets are extended, so bear with the graphics:
As fellow members of the blogosphere, I don’t need to tell you Dan Snyder takes a lot of heat when the Redskins struggle. Redskins fans are hungry for a winner, and no one is spared from criticism when that doesn’t happen. But here is a player who has a platform to be a “disgruntled former employee,” and instead chose to put personal emotions aside and speak from the heart.
It’s hard to keep perspective when personal emotions come into play, but somehow Daniels was able to do that.
In the interest of transparency, Daniels has said in the past that he’s interested in coaching football when he retires, so this could be seen as a public relations move. But seeing as Daniels is someone that has always chosen his words carefully, I have no reason to undermine the sincerity of what he says.
The truth is that I’m not sure why Daniels decided to post his thoughts on the topic, but I can certainly commend him for saying something that’s not easy to approach. He was in Washington long enough to know how some fans felt, and he spoke out–not in spite of that sentiment–but clearly because of it.
Daniels was a good player and leader for the Redskins, and it’s good for everyone that he leaves Washington on good terms:
(Tip of the cap to the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg for beating me to the punch.)
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